International Journal of Modern Nonlinear Theory and Application
Vol.03 No.05(2014), Article ID:51248,7 pages

Steady State Analysis of an Isolated Self-Excited Dual Three-Phase Induction Generator for Renewable Energy

Mohamed Arbi Khlifi, Badr M. Alshammari

College of Engineering, Hail University, Hail, KSA


Copyright © 2014 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 18 September 2014; revised 18 October 2014; accepted 25 October 2014


In this paper modelling and analysis in autonomous mode of dual three-phase induction generator (DTPIG) with a new algorithm have been done. We develop the steady state model of a dual three- phase self-excited induction generator for stand-alone renewable generation dispensing with the segregating real and imaginary components of the complex impedance of the induction generator. The obtained admittance yields the adequate magnetizing reactance and the frequency. These two key parameters are then used to compute the self-excitation process requirements in terms of the prime mover speed, the capacitance and the load impedance on the one hand and to predict the generator steady state performance parameters on the other. Steady state performances and characteristics of different configurations are clearly examined and compared. The analytical results are found to be in good agreement with experimental results.


Dual stator windings, asynchronous generator, autonomous mode, steady state analysis, renewable electric energy generation

1. Introduction

The power rating of an ac drive system can be increased by using multi-phase drives system which has more than three phases in the stator of the machine. Multi-phase drives system possesses several advantages over conventional three-phase drives, such as reducing the amplitude and increasing the frequency of the torque pulsation, reducing the rotor harmonic currents, reducing the current per phase without increasing the voltage per phase, lowering the dc-link current harmonics, power segmentation and high reliability [1] -[5] . For this reason,

multi-phase induction machine drives are mainly related to the high-power and/or high-current applications such as in electric ship propulsion, in locomotive traction, in aerospace applications and in electric/hybrid vehicles [6] . Electric power systems have largely developed as three-phase systems, although high phase order (in excess of three) machine construction and power transmission have been considered for last several years. With the growth of increasingly sophisticated design methods and increased importance of economic, environmental and several other factors, the multi-phase systems are being considered as one of the potential alternatives to conventional three-phase systems. Authors in the literature deal with the dual stator machine with extended rotor common to both stators. In all the three cases, output is three-phase. Recently, two papers have reported on modeling and analysis of six-phase self-excited induction generator [7] [8] . However, so far the authors have been able to ascertain, practical applications of multi-phase (comprising of more than the conventional three phases) induction generator in hydropower scheme are still unreported. The major drawbacks in the use of self-exited DTPIG are the poor voltage and frequency regulations under prime mover speed and load perturbations [8] . The generated terminal voltage and the output frequency depend on the excitation capacitance, the dual three-phase induction generator parameters, the electrical passive load and the prime mover speed.

As a result, a multi-phase line with smaller dimensions can be used to transmit a larger amount of power covering entire range of transmission voltages [9] - [13] . Because of the potential benefits resulting from the use of a phase order higher than three in transmission, some interest has also grown in the area of DTPIG [14] . For machine drive applications, multi-phase system could potentially meet the demand for high power electric drive systems, which are both rugged and energy-efficient. High phase number drives possess several advantages over conventional three-phase drives such as: reducing the amplitude and increasing the frequency of torque pulsation, reducing the rotor harmonic currents, reducing the current per phase without increasing the voltage per phase, lowering the dc link current harmonics, higher reliability and increased power in the same frame. The high phase order drive is likely to remain limited to specialized applications where high reliability is demanded such as electric/hybrid vehicles, aerospace applications, ship propulsion, and high power application where a combination of several solid state devices form one leg of the drive [15] - [17] .

An imperative step in the steady state analysis of a self-exited DTPIG is to determine the magnetizing reactance for given machine parameters, prime mover speed, and excitation capacitance and load impedance. In the usual practice, two basic approaches are used to determine the performance of self-exited DTPIG which are the loop impedance and the nodal admittance. They are very effective in evaluating the performances of this generator. Such methods are characterized by detailed algebraic derivations for the coefficients of the equations. However, these mathematical manipulations are tedious, time-consuming and prone to human errors. In addition, the coefficients established are valid only for this model. For example, if we change the type of load or include the core-loss resistance, all the mathematical treatments must be modified [18] [19] .

This paper, therefore, presents detailed investigations of self-excitation process with and without load condition. The machine performances are computed by solving the mathematical method of the developed steady state model via a numerical method. The computed results are compared with the experimental ones to validate the developed model. In this context we organized a paper as follows. Section 2 gives a detailed model of the self-exited dual three-phase induction generator. System studies, simulation and experimental results including steady state performance of the self-excited DTPIG, are presented in Section 3. Conclusions are drawn in Section 4.

2. Model of Self-Excited DTPAG

Often, steady state performances of SE-DTPAG are based on per phase equivalent circuit. This latter, is shown

in figure 1 where, , , , , , , , , , and represent the stator

1 and 2 resistance, rotor resistance (referred to stator), stator 1 and 2 leakage reactance, mutual leakage reactance between the two stator, magnetizing reactance, rotor leakage reactance (referred to stator), excitation capacitor reactance, load resistance and the generator slip respectively. All parameters are considered constant except the magnetizing reactance and the generator slip which vary respectively according to the saturation characteristic and the prime mover speed. In this model the core loss component is neglected.

The other assumptions are the same. The steady state equations for a dual three-phase induction generator are given:

Figure 1. Equivalent circuit of dual stator self-excited induction generator.


When the self-excited DTPIG is driven by dc machine in which the shaft speed is maintained constant. All parameters are fixed but both and vary with the load and hence they must be taken as variables. The formulation of a suitable mathematical model is the first step in the analysis of a self-excited DTPIG. The model must describe the characteristics of the individual components of the self-excited DTPIG as well as the relations that govern the inter-connections of these elements. Therefore, a mathematical model using impedance analysis is developed from the equivalent circuit of the generator presented in Figure 2.

At note “B” in Figure 2, the relation between, and can be written as:





Hence, equation (2) can be written as:


Under normal operating condition, the stator voltage Therefore, the sum of the admittances must be equal to zero.


This implies that both the real and imaginary parts of (6) would be separately zero.


Resolution of (7) leads to find the values of frequency and magnetizing inductance for a given ex-

Figure 2. Simple per phase equivalent circuit of DTPIG.

citation capacitor, speed, and electrical passive load.

At note “A” in Figure 2, the relation between, and can be written as:


When the two sets of stator three-phase windings are identical, then we can write:


Using the method FZERO, we can predict the necessary parameters to evaluate the performance characteristics of the dual three-phase SEIG.

3. Simulation and Experimental Results

3.1. Brief description of the FZERO algorithm

To test the validity of the proposed method of analysis, and to investigate the performance characteristics of the DTPIG, the machine parameters of the equivalent circuit and simulation results have been considered. For this purpose, a dual three-phase induction machine, 230/380 V, 0.75 A, 4-pole, 50 Hz, Y-connected, was utilized. With load and blocked rotor tests were conducted to determine the parameters of the test machine for two schemes of operation. Computer tests were carried out with the star connected capacitors banks, connected to both three-phase sets of windings. A detailed study of steady state performance of the dual three-phase asynchronous generator indicates that for different operating conditions such as change in speed and different values star capacity.

The proposed method for computing the DTPIG performance is applied to a squirrel cage induction machine. In this proposed method, no further algebraic manipulations of the equations are needed. A numerical MATLAB function “FZERO” used in order to find root of this continuous function of one variable, which is the frequency. This function Find root of continuous function of one variable. This later, is a handle function, the “@.” operator constructs a function handle Equation (7), and assigns the handle to the output variable which is the frequency F. After the evaluation of the frequency, the magnetizing inductance can be deduced. This simple method reduces the time and effort needed to predict these necessary parameters to evaluate the performance characteristics of the SE-DSAG. With this method, the changing of the load type or including the core less resistance, do not oblige us to repeat the entire program. Alternatively, the values of star-capacitance at a given speed to generate a particular terminal voltage can be obtained experimentally by using a variable capacitor bank.

3.2. Dual Three-Phase SEIG Performance characteristics

A comparative study will be treated by using simulation and experiments tests. The dual stator SEIG supplied two individual three-phase resistive loads after switching-in a two star connected capacitor bank. To feed two- independent three-phase loads from dual three-phase generator, three-phase star connected load banks of variable resistance were connected two each three-phase winding set (figure 3).

A detailed study of steady state performance of the dual three-phase SEIG indicates that for different operating conditions such as change in speed and different values star-capacitance. Self-excitation under no-load con-

Figure 3. Scheme of self-excited dual three-phase induction ge- nerator.

dition and loading performance under a typical resistive load are elaborated. For simulation of no-load operation, and in the Equation (1) are replaced by infinity.

The two star-capacitor SE-DTPIG needs a minimum value of capacitance to self-excites at no-load. The no-load terminal voltage can be computed for different value of star-capacitances using a computer algorithm for no-load conditions. Figure 4 shows, the behavior obtained from the experiment, of the output voltage as a function of rotor speed. These curves show two areas. The first, when the voltage increases very rapidly with the speed, the corresponding points are those obtained just after the self-excitation. In the second area, voltage varies linearly with the speed to a low coefficient. This area, where the characteristics are substantially parallel, corresponds to the stable part of the dual stator generator.

With the change in value of excitation capacitance, speed and terminal voltage both change. When the capacity believes, the generator operates more rapidly. Figure 5 and Figure 6 show the analytical variations of no- load terminal voltage and stator current with excitation capacitance connected to both the double three-phase stator sets at three different speeds.

As shown in Figure 7, the terminal voltage of the dual three-phase SEIG increases with increase in the value of the capacitance. However, the saturation of the magnetic circuit of the machine limits the indefinite rise of its terminal voltage. Moreover, the effect of speed on the stator voltage and corresponding capacitance may also be observed from this Figure 7. With increase in speed, the capacitance required decreases for a particular voltage, and vice versa. The value of the capacitance at which the machine loses excitation is called the critical capacitance. The value of the critical capacitance is inversely proportional to the square of the speed, therefore the critical square of the speed, therefore the critical capacitance decreases with increase in speed.

Experimental and computed result for variation of terminal voltage and frequency as function of load current are given in Figure 8 and Figure 9, respectively at three values of capacitor and at rated speed. From Figure 10, it is observed that there is a rise in load voltage with load when load current varies from 0 to 0.3 A, but it starts decreasing when load is further increased.

It is well known that for operation in self-excitation mode, the capacitive excitation is necessary to maintain the machine terminal voltage. If the speed is kept constant at, magnitude of terminal voltage depends on the value of capacitance and the load connected across its terminals. Terminal voltage decreases with the increase in load for a fixed value of capacitance. Figure 8 shows the variations of terminal voltage, (across winding set I) with load current when capacitor bank was connected to both the winding sets. Here output is the total power output when both the winding sets were equally supplying a resistive load, the rotor driven at synchronous speed.

Figure 10 shows the variation of terminal voltage for stator1 versus load current for different values of prime mover speed. The excitation capacitance is fixed at a value of and the speed is varied from 293 rad/s to 335 rad/s so that for each value of speed the load current is increased gradually up to very high values. Very good agreement between simulation and experimental characteristic is observed.

Figure 4. Output stator voltage versus speed for different values of capacity.

Figure 5. Variation of terminal voltage with capacitance at no load.

Figure 6. Variation of stator current with capacitance at no load.

Figure 7. Stator current versus speed for different values of capacity.

Figure 8. Terminal voltage for stator 1 with load current at three different capacitor.

Figure 9. Output frequency versus load current at three different capacitor.

Figure 10. Terminal voltage for stator 1 with load current.

4. Conclusion

The paper discusses applicability of a dual three-phase capacitor excited asynchronous generator for supplying two individual three-phase loads and for supplying a single three-phase load, by presenting results of a simulation and an experimental study of the steady state behavior for various operating conditions. The proposed method can be easily extended to the analysis of the influence variation of excitation capacity and speed drive on the generator characteristics. Self-excitation and self-regulation under no-load condition and loading performance under a typical resistive load are elaborated. Hence, the dual three-phase SEIG offers an improved reliability, when compared to its three-phase counterpart. Further, it is also shown that the dual three-phase SEIG can be used to supply one or two independent three-phase loads. While the interaction between the two windings is inevitable, variation of the load at one winding changes operating conditions at the other winding. Very good correlation between simulation and experimental results can be observed.


This work was supported by the Arabian Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and communication technology.


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